Footsteps on The Ceiling (First Poets Series)

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Don't see what you're looking for? There was a problem completing your request. Please try your search again later. But The Great Merlini is a master of this very art of misdirection and no-one is better qualifies to clear away the fog of bogus clues. Merlini and his pal Ross Harte are recruited by a leading psychic investigator, Colonel Watrous. The colonel is starting to have doubts about his pet medium, Madame Rappourt. But the first murder is a murder that appears to have been impossible, and then the telephone lines are cut and all the boats are sunk. This conveniently sets up the ideal situation for a murder mystery with a limited cast of possible suspects all marooned on the island until next morning.

This mystery will tax the powers even of The Great Merlini. Aside from the intricate and ingenious plotting Rawson was having a good deal of fun with this story.

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Rawson manages to weave pirates, sunken treasure, deap-sea diving, haunted houses, spiritualism, magic and murder into his plot. Apr 18, Nancy Oakes rated it liked it Shelves: Two men, one a magician and puzzle solver known as "The Great Merlini," and the other, Ross Harte, are called out to Skelton Island in New York to check out a medium who was planning to hold a seance. As they arrive, they run into trouble immediately and discover a woman dead, seated in a chair.

Problem is the woman lived on the other end of the island and never left her house because she had an incredibly severe case of agorophobia. Add to th like a 3. Add to this a fire, footprints in the ceiling in the room where the dead woman was found, a blue man, a man who was discovered dead of the bends in a hotel in New York City, and you've got a very strange case. The Great Merlini and Ross have their hands full, and their job is not made easier with a multitude of suspects.

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Not a bad effort, but it is so involved that it begins to be a bit convoluted after a while. The solution to the mysteries is also a bit convoluted but overall, it works. I don't know if I'd classify this is an "impossible crime," but it was an interesting one. The characterizations fall a bit flat, although I kind of enjoyed the Great Merlini He makes the tough New York cops look a little silly when he sets his mind on problem solving. This is the second in a series, and I'd recommend it probably only to people who enjoy these Golden-Age mysteries. It may be quite involved for modern readers, and cozy readers may be put off for the same reason.

I wouldn't put it on the mystery readers' must haves, but it was okay. An old friend asks the Great Merlini and his sidekick Ross Harte to visit a small, privately owned island on the East river to expose a fraudulent medium. The mysteries start before they arrive, when Ross is blackjacked for a suitcase full of antique coins he's found.

Then, on Skeleton Island, they find a dead body before the seance can start. The cast of characters doesn't seem especially sinister at first, but everyone is lying, and the phone service from the island has been cut off. When Merl An old friend asks the Great Merlini and his sidekick Ross Harte to visit a small, privately owned island on the East river to expose a fraudulent medium.

When Merlini is finally able to send a message to the police, Inspector Gavigan wants to arrest each suspect in turn--but Merlini knows that the answers are more complex than Gavigan believes.

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Footsteps on the Ceiling (First Poets Series) [Baila Ellenbogen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Baila Ellenbogen explores the. First Poets Series First full poetry collections by writers 35 and younger. In Footsteps on the Ceiling, Baila Ellenbogen explores the overlapping planes of.

Nov 06, Marta Boksenbaum rated it it was ok. An exhausting mystery, this novel has way too much going on at once. Multiple murders, and everyone is guilty of something. The addition of the magician Merlini solving the case makes the whole thing too gimmicky for my taste. The whole book made my head spin when I was just looking for something light and fun. Sep 15, Joe rated it liked it. Clayton Rawson's detective novels featuring Merlini are all fun, as each features magic in its solution.

A golden age series which is still entertaining today. Feb 13, Ronald rated it liked it. Mar 03, Littlelixie rated it really liked it. Hard to keep track of these plots. Feel like I need a diagram to explain who was doing what to whom. By the time merlini revealed the killer I'd forgotten who he was. Mark rated it really liked it Sep 18, CQM rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Conant rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Kirk rated it really liked it Nov 03, Jeb Ensslen rated it really liked it Jan 20, Kevin Harber rated it really liked it Mar 06, Michael Yen rated it really liked it Jan 09, Ken rated it really liked it Jul 14, Lychee rated it liked it Dec 01, TheoVonG rated it it was amazing May 09, Joel Travis rated it really liked it Apr 04, David Duncan rated it liked it May 03, Ivy M rated it it was ok Dec 16, ShameNinja rated it it was ok Oct 28, Charles Perry rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Wood Electric rated it really liked it Dec 02, In contrast to these grand statements of wealth, Giorgio makes the simple dish that the city is famous for - pesto alla genovese.

The two travellers then move on to the Cinque Terre, a rugged portion of coastline featuring a national park and five picturesque villages seemingly wedged into the cliff face beside the sea. Finally, Andrew and Giorgio cross over into Tuscany and, managing to stay off the tourist trail, visit a hidden gem of Renaissance art in Pistoia and one of Pisa's best-kept secrets. They finish back by the sea at the port city of Livorno, where the fishermen's catch of the day dictates the menu.

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Inspector Gavigan to Merlini But, perhaps I've gotten ahead of myself. What's a magician detective to do? Things are starting to get very complicated indeed. It's not enough that the case winds up including a fraudulent medium, a hunt for sunken It's not enough that Clayton Rawson's Great Merlini has to answer the question of how a woman with an acute case of agoraphobia could be found dead in a room in a house on the opposite end of the island from where she lives. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. That's what I like about this place.

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